Model Comparison Highlights Excellence of Smith & Wesson’s Performance Center Trigger


At the NRA convention in Nashville, RF learned that Smith & Wesson was replacing the existing trigger on their M&P pistols with a new “enhanced” trigger. (Currently sold as standard on Shield semi-automatics). Already ecstatic at Smith’s decision to take over the entire pistol range at Best of the West Shooting Sports for the 2015 Texas Firearms Festival, TTAG’s main man was thrilled by the news. Smith sent TTAG two M&Ps to sample the difference between a Performance Center trigger and the old trigger, ahead of the new, enhanced trigger. He passed the guns on to me . . .

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GLOCKs, The Proper Focus: A Response to Bob Owens

glock21 Bob Owens is my friend, a simple sentence I’m proud to be able to write. He gave me my start in blogging at the now defunct Confederate Yankee blog, and when Bob wanted to focus on gun blogging, we went our separate blogging ways most amicably. In fact, Bob is kind enough to regularly post my work at Bearing Arms.  It was therefore with some trepidation that I read Bob’s article in, of all places, The LA Times — talk about missions behind enemy lines — taking GLOCK handguns to task, some of the most popular and well-tested firearms on the planet. Since that article, some have accused Bob of betraying the cause, of giving anti-gunners ammunition, of failing to cry upon the death of Old Yeller, and of bad-mouthing Winnie the Pooh . . .

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TTAG Project Gun: Otto Carter Engraved Cabot S-Class 1911

Naked S-Class Cabot (courtesy The Truth About Guns)

And so it’s time for a TTAG project gun. The frame you see above is a naked Cabot Guns S-Class, the start of our journey into extreme customization. No, we’re not doing anything funny with the 1911’s function. John Moses Browning’s meisterwerk needs nothing in the way of light, lasers or other accoutrements. Nor are we building anything other than a .45. The gun above is getting the full Otto Carter. You may remember Mr. Carter as the Texas-born and bred engraver whose Bond Arms derringer blazed new territory with its resurrection of the Aesthetic Movement of the Victorian era. Carter first came across the style . . .

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Bob Owens: Cops Shouldn’t Bear GLOCKs

Writing for the steadfastly anti-gun, Bob Owens of reckons police shouldn’t carry GLOCKs. In the grand tradition of such things, he begins with anecdotes. “Timothy Stansbury died in a New York housing project stairwell in 2004 because he startled a police officer. The officer’s surprise at encountering Stansbury caused the officer’s hand to clench and his weapon to fire. The death was ruled accidental by a grand jury, though the officer was later stripped of his gun for the remainder of his career.” Uh, maybe the officer’s finger shouldn’t have been on the trigger? Bob’s anti-“handgun with no external safety and a short trigger pull” rant’s got an answer for that one . . .

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Guns for Beginners: Why It’s OK to Buy a Sub-Compact Gun for Concealed Carry


When you’re looking to buy your first concealed carry firearm, don’t get sidetracked by discussions about caliber. Don’t worry about the size of the bullets you’re carrying around. In most defensive gun uses, the bad guy sees the gun aimed in his or her direction and scarpers. In cases where the good guy actually shoots at the bad guy, most perps discontinue their attack once they notice flying lead – regardless of the bullet size headed their way. I recommend that newbies schlep the largest caliber firearm they can comfortably carry, but the most important part of that advice is the word “comfortably.” Because the most important pre-requisite for successful armed self-defense is to have a gun. . .

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Jon Wayne Taylor Takes the GLOCK 20 for a Ride – And Shows It the Door


I love GLOCKs. In theory. The idea of a generic-looking polymer pistol that takes a licking and keeps on kicking [butt] appeals to me on the sub-atomic level. In practice, not so much. Truth be told, I can’t shoot them for shit. Like Goldilocks trying to get comfortable on Papa Bear’s bed, I’m always fussing with a GLOCK’s handle, trying to get a proper grip. I don’t have this problem with a whole range of other polymer-framed striker-fired pistols, from the Belgian FNX to America’s Smith & Wesson M&P. So why not just give-up on GLOCK and move on? Glad you asked . . .

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Gun Review: GLOCK 43


The GLOCK 43 for this review was provided by the Kentucky Gun Company.

The GLOCK 42 was something between a huge disappointment and cruel joke on expectant gun guys and gals. A .380 single-stack? Been there, done that, bought the Colt Mustang clone, sold it for a larger-caliber everyday carry (EDC) gun. Now that Gaston’s mob has unloaded freight containers of 42s – which they wouldn’t have sold had they started with a proper 9mm single-stack pocket pistol – they’re finally ready to sell train loads of 9mm GLOCK 43s. Should diehard GLOCK jocks and pocket-carrying newbies hold a grudge or buy a 43? Let’s start with a simple comparison . . .

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M1911A1: Coming Soon to the Civilian Marksmanship Program?

Col. John D. “Jeff” cooper with M1911A1. Photo credit:

I’d been meaning to buy an AR-15 for quite a while. In 2012, clever lad that I am, I said to myself, “I’ll just wait until after the election and the Christmas rush blow over, and then I’ll buy something in 2013 after demand has fallen a little.” Ah, the best laid schemes of mice an’ men gang aft agley . . .

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I Hate Caracal

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Guys, you know that hot woman with whom you had a torrid affair that ended badly? That’s the Caracal C for me. A gun that gave me more pleasure and delivered more precision than any other pistol I’ve ever shot. We were meant for each other. Except, of course, we weren’t. Drop-safe issues, dontcha know. OK, kaboom too. Over the years, Caracal has touted the imminent reintroduction of their C. The pistol has never re-appeared – to the point where I’ve concluded that the rumors of her death were not greatly exaggerated. Oh look, here comes with a press release Caracal Leaks Photos of New Pistols, Carbines & Rifles [after the jump]. On their Facebook page Caracal promises … who care what they promise? Send me the damn gun, bitch. Sorry. Off for some Wilson Combat therapy . . .

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OMG! Canadian Pretty Little Liars Actress Shoots a Gun! OMG!

“Come along with me as I learn how to fire a gun for my upcoming ‘secret project,” Canadian Pretty Little Liars actress Shay Mitchell asks her YouTubers. “In this video I discuss the proper procedures, safety, rules & etiquette for going to the gun range and also cover some basic firearm safety tips.” So, let’s log this under winning, four rules and all. Although . . . “I don’t ever want to have a gun but -” A Hollywood anti-gun hypocrite in the making?


NFA for Beginners – The Big Move

GLOCK mit suppressor (courtesy Kelly in GA for The Truth About Guns)

TTAG reader Kelly in GA writes:

I’ll just start by saying that I’m definitely a beginner at this myself.  I got my first (and only, so far) NFA item back in December. A nice paper form 4 trust for an AAC Ti-Rant 9mm. Took a whole three months and three weeks from purchase to phone call from by LGS. In even less time than that, I was moving. On up. To the east side (suburbs) of Atlanta . . .

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Question of the Day: What Gun for Deep Concealment?


TTAG reader Duane [not shown] writes:

I recently read and enjoyed Ralph’s reviews on both the Kimber Solo and the Sig P290. I am looking to buy a deep-concealment (probably in conjunction with Thunderwear) handgun when I move to a state without restrictions. I currently own Detonics Combatmaster VI’s but figured they would be just a little too heavy for that type of carry. Between the two firearms above (or perhaps others have come out since these reviews), could you recommend what you consider to be the best of 9mm and above carry options for this type of deep concealment carry? FYI . . .

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